Confused and alone for Christmas...

Imagine for just a moment, you are 7 years old. You come home from school one Friday to find the Police at your house, and you can hear your parents yelling from down the street. As you enter the front door, a hand grabs you by the shoulder and stops you…

You are told you can’t stay here anymore, it’s not safe. You can only see your parents through the uniformed Police Officer holding them back. There is no sign of your two little sisters. Next thing you know you are in a car on the way to the hospital for a ‘check up’. Finally someone is going to look at that painful sore on your foot.

Alone at Christmas

After hours at the hospital, you are taken again in the car and dropped at someone’s house. They say they will look after you. You stand there in the clothes you wore to school, no shoes, no toys, nothing from your home. Confused, alone.

Backpacks 4 Aussie Kids Inc., aims to lessen this impact ever so slightly by providing the child with belongings of their own. A new backpack, clothing, underwear, pyjamas, toiletries, torch, small toys, books, and a teddy and soft blankie to cuddle with.

It’s not much really, but it’s something for this child to have that belongs only to them. No matter if they are sent home in 3 days, or stay in care for 5 years, their journey has begun with items that are theirs.

Alone at Christmas

Foster Carers do an amazing job caring for our vulnerable children and youth. Sometimes children are dropped at their homes in the middle of the night, with nothing but a nappy, and usually with no more than an hours warning that a child is coming.

As a Carer myself, I understand how difficult the first few days are. That’s why the backpacks include small activities that the carer and child can do together, to get to know each other a little.

We need your help though. Without funding we struggle to get the bags across the country to where they are needed. Toiletries and underwear must be purchased brand new, and backpacks need to be good quality to last.

For every $10 you donate to our Crowdfunding campaign, you will receive a ticket into a prize draw with a chance of winning an online shopping spree, worth $1300!

You CAN make a difference.

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A huge thank you to Despina from Backpacks 4 Aussie Kids Inc. for today’s guest post. Child welfare is something that is very dear to our hearts here at KID independent and we hope you’ll get into the Christmas giving spirit and help out Depina’s amazing organisation.

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Buy a Happy Tree for Christmas!

The Happy Tree Project is a Christmas pop-up shop, which has just kicked off for the 2015 season. Each Happy Tree is lovingly crafted in Australia and features a kitschy smile, flushed cheeks, and lovely lashes. The Happy Tree is perfect for hanging on your tree, around your house, or for use as a gift tag on a special present. Buy yours today for just $9.95.

The Happy Tree Project

The concept behind The Happy Tree…

The Happy Tree is a symbol of growth, stability, and strong roots; with $2 from every sale donated to local non-profit organisations who provide assistance to disadvantaged young people. This Christmas, The Happy Tree Project is helping Backpacks 4 Aussie Kids to fill backpacks with essential items and comfort toys for children entering foster care in Australia.

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>> Buy a Happy Tree!

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Calling all handmade designers, sewers, & knitters!

Child and family charity projects have been a big part of KID independent over the past five years. This month, as part of our 5th birthday celebrations, we’re calling upon our kind-hearted network of handmade designers and crafters to make a special item for Yasminah’s Gift of Hope. Do you sew, knit, or crochet? We’d love to have you involved!

Yasminah's Gift of Hope Toy and Quilt Drive for Charity

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Yasminah’s Gift of Hope provide care packages to families who experience miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth, neonatal loss, and infant loss.

KID independent is collecting small handmade toys, blankets, quilts, wraps, dresses, gowns, and keepsakes to include in these packages.

We aim to collect 50 keepsakes in total; do you think you could lend a hand?

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If you’d like to donate an item, please email me to register your interest.

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KID tested... Sharing Small Socks!

Here’s three little things that make me happy… 1. Receiving goodies in the mail. 2. Cosy socks hugging itty bitty feet on a crisp Autumn day. 3. Making a small difference in the life of a child in need. Our new friends at Sharing Small tick all three of these boxes, with a concept that is both fun and kindhearted. Here’s a little happy snap of our very first sock delivery from Sharing Small…

Sharing Small Socks Subscription Service for Kids

In a nutshell, Sharing Small is a sock subscription service. You can sign up for $10 per month to receive two new pairs of socks featuring the Sharing Small Explorers, off on a new adventure. Each month there is a new design, along with a matching postcard detailing the Explorers travels. This month it’s a parachuting adventure, as you can see pictured on those cute little socks pictured above (a bit small for the wee lad, but still super fun).

As well as the excitement of receiving their socks in the post, for every pair that your child receives, Sharing Small donate a pair to a child in need. You can find our more about Sharing Small supported charities here. So not only do you end up with warm feet; you’ll keep your heart nice and warm too!

For the price of a couple of cups of coffee ($10), this is a really fun service, and the price currently includes global shipping… what a fabulous deal! This is likely to change in the coming months, so be sure to get in early to secure your ongoing subscription at the current price.

Sharing Small socks are available in small (2-4 years), medium (5-8 years), and large (9-12 years). They’re made from combed cotton for superior comfort, and feature bright fun colour schemes.

Sharing Small Socks Subscription Service for Kids

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*Note: KID independent was provided with a complimentary set of socks to try out. We were not paid for this review and the review represents our personal opinion. We think this program is genuinely awesome.

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